noun (plural curiosities)
- 1A strong desire to know or learn something: filled with curiosity, she peered through the window curiosity got the better of me, so I called himMore example sentences
- And I am consumed by curiosity and a desire to know what on earth this cool thing is going to be like.
- In his essay on Leonardo, Freud even derives curiosity and the desire for knowledge from sexuality.
- The latter is a moralistic bore who puts intellectual curiosity second to her desire to pontificate.
- 2A strange or unusual object or fact: he showed them some of the curiosities of the houseMore example sentences
- And amidst the displays of oddities and curiosities, the museum of anatomy was in some ways the oddest and most curious.
- Collectors paid much greater sums for medical curiosities.
- The unusual surface textures of fossil cycads have been interesting curiosities to collectors for a long time.
curiosity killed the cat
- • proverb Being inquisitive about other people’s affairs may get you into trouble.More example sentences
- Defending, he said: ‘This is a case where curiosity killed the cat.’
- Stuffed as we were, however, curiosity killed the cat - and it very nearly took us with it as we recklessly agreed to share a devilled chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream.
- I won't reveal any more of the plot than that, but if there's a moral to this story, it's that old truism that says that curiosity killed the cat.
late Middle English: from Old French curiousete, from Latin curiositas, from curiosus (see curious).